Eviation and Aerus sign LoI for 30 Alices
Eviation Aircraft has signed an LoI with Mexican airline, Aerus, for 30 Alice aircraft.
The regional airline plans to use Alice for middle-mile travel across regions including Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Coahuila and Veracruz. Providing historically underserved communities in northern areas of the country with access to air travel, said Aerus. By introducing electric aircraft into its fleet, it aims to reduce its carbon emissions by 50% by 2033.
Javier Herrera García, CEO of Aerus, said: “As we enter into service, our objective is to create new opportunities for regional travel in Mexico that are environmentally and economically sustainable. Working with Eviation to bring a zero-emissions fleet to our region will transform the way we experience air travel and connect communities like never before.”
Last week, US President Joe Biden visited Mexico, where he and his counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, highlighted the economic opportunities created by the clean energy transition. Eddie Jaisaree, Vice President, Commercial Sales at Eviation, said: “The introduction of the Alice is certainly one of those opportunities.”
Built from a clean-sheet design, the Alice produces no emissions and costs significantly less to operate per flight hour compared to light jets or high-end turboprops, its makers claim. The aircraft is powered by two magniX-developed magni650 electric propulsion units.
“The aircraft offers a more enjoyable flight experience, lower operating costs, and meets the demand for zero-carbon technology that we are seeing from governments, regulators and the public. We are very pleased to receive this order from Aerus,” added Jaisaree
Gregory Davis, president and CEO at Eviation, likened Alice potential for market disruption to Uber.
“Just as Uber disrupted the taxi market, Alice promises to usher in ‘UberAir’ through the introduction of low-cost, point-to-point air travel. Our aircraft is an ideal fit for Aerus as a large number of flights in northern Mexico are already less than 250 miles. We are always pleased to receive the endorsement of forward-thinking airlines that are keen to address the climate challenge and be part of the future of aviation,” said Davis.